Date: February 16, 2021
Location: Skyway Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
Commentators: D’Lo Brown, Matt Striker
We’re done with No Surrender and that means it’s time to get moving towards Rebellion. There weren’t a ton of changes coming out of No Surrender but one of the more interesting ones saw Josh Alexander becoming the new #1 contender to the X-Division Title. The question for tonight is seeing what we’ll be seeing from AEW next. And what is up with Tommy Dreamer. Let’s get to it.
We open with a No Surrender recap.
David Finlay and Juice Robinson, better known as FinJuice, are coming from New Japan.
X-Division Title: Josh Alexander vs. TJP
TJP is defending and they’re starting fast this week. They go to the mat to start and the threat of an ankle lock sends TJP straight to the ropes. Back up and an abdominal stretch has Alexander in some trouble but that’s broken up. An anklescissors takes Alexander down but he grabs an ankle lock. STRIKER: “STAND UP AND APPLAUD!”
Alexander takes him down and works on the ankle some more before switching to some leg cranking. A surfboard has TJP in even more trouble but he slips out and grabs a triangle choke. That’s broken up with a powerbomb backbreaker but TJP slaps it on again. This time Alexander takes him into the corner and catapults him into the middle buckle for a clever counter. Alexander puts a knee in the back and cranks on both arms, only to have TJP flip forward….and not break a thing.
Back up and the abdominal stretch is broken up so TJP climbs on his back and tries a full nelson but can’t get the hands locked. Alexander reverses into another ankle lock but this time it’s rolled out to the floor. The slingshot dropkick knocks Alexander silly and the tornado DDT gives TJP two back inside. Alexander dumps him outside in a heap but TJP dropkicks him out of the air for a double knockdown. It’s the ankle lock going on again so TJP counters again, this time with an enziguri.
TJP goes up top but gets kicked in the head but can’t hit a super Divine Intervention. Instead TJP shoves him off the top and the Mamba Splash…hits raised knees. Another ankle lock, this time with the grapevine but TJP slips out again Another Divine Intervention is countered into the Octopus, which is countered into the ankle lock. TJP counters, this time with a slap to the face into a suplex. Josh’s big boot is countered into the Detonation Kick and the Mamba Splash retains at 11:23.
Result: TJP b. Josh Alexander – Mamba Splash (11:23)
Tommy Dreamer isn’t happy with what Moose did to Rich Swann on Saturday. Tonight, Moose is getting some sense beaten into him in an Old School Rules match.
Brian Myers runs into Hernandez and gives him the rest of his pay for the win at No Surrender. It worked on Saturday so let’s do the same thing again tonight, with Hernandez getting paid again if he beats Matt Cardona. Fallah Bahh comes up to say he has been looking for Hernandez. This isn’t happening again but Bahh says he is here as an investor. If Bahh gives him $20, he’ll bring him $40. Hernandez says we’ll see if he can turn $10 into $20 first.
The announcers talk about FinJuice, who are here tonight. They talk about the rest of the show as well.
Willie Mack vs. Daivari vs. Suicide vs. Trey Miguel
Daivari jumps Mack to start but gets double dropkicked to the floor for his efforts. Trey and Suicide miss some strikes and neither can snap off a Japanese armdrag. Mack is back up with a double flying shoulder to put them both down but misses a charge and crashes to the floor. Suicide backdrops Miguel outside as well but Daivari shoves him off the top for a crash.
Back up and Daivari charges into an elbow, leaving Mack to nail him with a sitout powerbomb. Mack’s Samoan drop plants Suicide and then Miguel gets the same, setting up the standing moonsault to both of them. Daivari gets in a shot on Mack but gets sent outside, leaving Miguel to hit a top rope Meteora to finish Suicide at 4:50.
Result: Trey Miguel b. Suicide, Daivari and Willie Mack – Top rope Meteora to Suicide (4:50)
Post match Trey runs into Sami Callihan and doesn’t seem happy. Sami talks about how Trey can’t win when everything matters, like when he lost at No Surrender. Trey storms off without saying anything.
Scott D’Amore congratulates TJP on his title defense when Ace Austin comes in with the Super X Cup. Austin wants the title shot but D’Amore makes a six man tag for next week. The winning team will face off in a triple threat the next week and the winner of that is #1 contender.
Hernandez vs. Matt Cardona
Brian Myers is here with Hernandez, who throws Cardona down with ease. Back up and Cardona low bridges him to the floor, setting up the big running flip dive. Myers isn’t having this and offers a distraction, allowing Hernandez to break up Radio Silence with a low blow. Cardona gets knocked outside and we take a break. Back with Cardona fighting out of a bearhug and hitting a faceplant. The middle rope dropkick connects but Hernandez Pounces the heck out of him. The Border Toss is broken up though and Radio Silence gives Cardona the pin at 7:52.
Result: Matt Cardona b. Hernandez – Radio Silence (7:52)
Post match Cardona says he isn’t here to pass a torch, but to ignite his own. Myers gets in the ring to say this is his place and Cardona is just trying to copy him. Cardona asks what’s up with that because they’re best friends when the camera goes off. Hernandez jumps Cardona from behind but Eddie Edwards runs in for the save.
Video on FinJuice.
Tony Schiavone and Tony Khan (in heart shaped sunglasses) hope we had a good Valentine’s Day but Khan didn’t get any gifts. He did give Impact Wrestling what they needed the most: money! It helps that it’s a charitable donation too and yes that was his idea. We run down the Dynamite card and Khan says Eddie Kingston reminds him of Michael Corleone.
Havok comes up to Nevaeh, who is sick of losing and asks where they’re going from here. Should they even be a team? No not really, but almost no Knockouts in this company should be. Tenille Dashwood comes out to suggest that she and Havok be a team but Nevaeh doesn’t like the sound of it so let’s have a match tonight. Dashwood is down.
Reno Scum vs. FinJuice
Striker loses his mind at FinJuice being here, again being far more excited than he ever is about almost anyone in Impact. Finlay and Robinson start in on Thornstowe’s arm and a double bulldog takes him down. Thornstowe is back with a spinebuster to Finlay (Brown: “SIT YOUR A** DOWN!”) and the Pit Stop makes it even worse. A missed charge in the corner allows the tag off to Robinson to clean house. Everything breaks down and there’s a double dropkick to Luster. The PowerPlex finishes Thornstowe at 4:12.
Result: FinJuice b. Reno Scum – PowerPlex to Thornstowe (4:12)
Post match here are the Good Brothers to call FinJuice young boys and we hear about the Brothers’ success in Japan. Then they can buy some beers and have a welcome to Impact party, or just go and buy some of their Good Brothers whiskey. FinJuice says cool, but imply Anderson will pass out and lose control of his bodily functions.
At the bar, Rohit Raju blames Mahabali Shera for costing him the X-Division Title. Shera shoves him away and into James Storm, spilling his beer. Raju won’t apologize or accept Storm’s offer of a beer so Storm breaks the bottle over his head. Shera is ready to fight but Chris Sabin intervenes. Johnny Swinger comes in to offer then a night at his palace, which they actually accept. Then Swinger steals the bartender’s tip.
Post break we go to the Palace where beer is consumed and James Storm….starts freestyle rapping to impress Alisha Edwards. Fallah Bahh sits down at the Blackjack table and says hit me, so Sabin does jut that. Bahh loses his money again but Edwards says have a heart because Bahh is hurting. Swinger says you don’t know what it’s like to be hurting until Bob Seger’s ex girlfriend gives you crabs. Daddy.
Tenille Dashwood vs. Nevaeh
Kaleb With A K is here but there is no Havok. Dashwood takes her down to start but gets tossed outside as we take an early break. Back with Dashwood in control thanks to some Kaleb With A K cheating, including a neckbreaker over the middle rope for two. A backbreaker gets Nevaeh out of trouble and she strikes away for the comeback.
An STO into a running basement clothesline gets two on Dashwood, as does a belly to back faceplant. Dashwood is right back with a whip into the corner, setting up the Taste of Tenille. The Spotlight Kick connects to finish Nevaeh at 9:54.
Result: Tenille Dashwood b. Nevaeh – Spotlight Kick (9:54)
Flashback Moment of the Week: Moose attacks Tommy Dreamer and Rich Swann at No Surrender. Three days ago.
Violent By Design is ready to take care of Jake Something, with Deaner promising to put Jake through a table to end everything. If not, he will face the consequences because nothing is bigger than this.
Susan wants to take out Jordynne Grace, ODB and Jazz for what they did last week but Deonna Purrazzo says that’s not how champions do things. She flags down Scott D’Amore (who seems to be about three feet away) to ask about a Knockouts Tag Team Titles shot for Kimber Lee and Susan. D’Amore likes the idea so they can have their shot….if they win a #1 contenders match over Jordynne Grace and Jazz next week. Susan seems…..pleased? I think?
Here’s what’s coming next week.
Moose vs. Tommy Dreamer
Old School rules. Dreamer hammers away to start and knocks Moose outside for a rake to the eyes. A reversed whip sends Moose into the steps and Dreamer poses a lot as we take a break. Back with Moose unloading with a trashcan lid as Striker gets all solemn about Dreamer being beaten up too much. Striker: “When do you say enough is enough?”
They head back inside with Moose hitting a dropkick and standing on Dreamer’s face. Dreamer comes back with a testicular claw and a cutter for one as Moose isn’t having this. A trashcan lid shot to the back rocks Moose a bit and a chair to the back does it again. The Dreamer DDT is countered with a shove onto the chair though and it’s table time. Dreamer spears Moose through the table in the corner, sending Striker into his biggest RAH RAH speech. Moose isn’t having this and spears Dreamer for the pin at 14:36.
Result: Moose b. Tommy Dreamer – Spear (14:36)
TJP b. Josh Alexander – Mamba Splash
Trey Miguel b. Suicide, Willie Mack and Daivari – Top rope Meteora to Suicide
Matt Cardona b. Hernandez – Radio Silence
FinJuice b. Reno Scum – PowerPlex to Thornstowe
Tenille Dashwood b. Nevaeh – Spotlight Kick
Moose b. Tommy Dreamer – Spear
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.
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